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>> eventhough i can't see... >> techknow our experts take you beyond the lab >> we're here in the vortex... >> and explore the technology changing our world. only on al jazeera america welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. these are the stories we're following for you. a suicide and an arrest warrant. there are new twists and concerns in the south korean ferry accident. pro-russian demonstrators defy the agreement in ukraine. police say they have their man, the man they believe is responsible for a series of highway shootings in kansas city. also, an earthquake rattles parts of mexico.
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there has been a deadly discovery in south korea. the vice principal of that high school where so many died in that ferry accident found dead apparently committing suicide. the captain and crew could face criminal charges. official death toll is 28, 268 others are listed as missing, most of them high school students. harry faucet is in south korea where despite the odds, the search for survivors continues. >> reporter: heading out on a foggy day to the focal point. emerges out of the gloom dozens of vessels and at the center of it all the ferry, a tyne part of this 150-meter long ferry breaking the surface. it's just after 9:00 a.m. local time. we're approaching the period when rescue officials said the tides would be suitable to try it again. there's a lot of activity around
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the upturned hull right now. as the day wore on, divers went down on ten separate occasions. officials say they managed to secure a guide rope, begin pumping air through the wheelhouse, and access the second floor "argo" -- cargo hold. preparations are under way for the longer term with the arrival of four huge floating cranes to be used to move the wrecked to calmer waters. on land south korea's prime minister arrived to take personal charge of the effort with much of the information made public still contradictionary. a police officer said friday's first attempt to get underwater access failed. then, a friendly chat with a man from the maritime ministry, and he was back to see divers had been down and attached a guide rope. we tried to establish why on thursday officials said oxygen was pumped in before admitting it wasn't, many of the questions left unanswered. some families feel lied to.
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others say with all the activity too little effort is made to get into the ship. angered, too, at the captain and crew. >> translator: if the captain acted properly, many kids would be alive. it hurts. it really hurts. >> reporter: al jazeera's south korean partner network gained exclusive footage of the captain as he came ashore. he was reported one of the first to leave the ship. the news channel said he failed to identify himself as the captain when he was rescued. prosecutors say he left the helm in the charge of a 26-year-old third officer with less than a year's experience before the accident. they've issued arrest warrants for the captain and two other crew members. back on jindo island, there's so much grief and police made another awful discovery. the 52-year-old vice principal on the school trip with 325 students rescued from the ferry
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hanged himself near the gymnasium housing the relatives. there's tension on display between parents who say the time has come to accept that their children are dead and others refusing to give up hope. as the waters rise over the away. al jazeera, jindo, south korea. in malaysia the waiting continues for families there and in china. malaysian airlines flight 370 disappeared six weeks ago with 239 people on board. family members of the passengers are set to meet with malaysian airline officials in beijing next week. search for the plane focusing on the west coast of australia has so far been unsuccessful. in knee nigeria the numbers tonight add up. most of the 29 schoolgirls kidnapped on tuesday weren't rescued. only 20 managed to escape. on wednesday the military issued a statement saying they saved most of the girls, butter parents and school officials say
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they hadn't come back home. they reported shot at school guards as the kidnappings were carried out. they're blamed on numerous attacks on government buildings and christian churches in the last five years. south sudan sending troops to protect a u.n. base after it was attacked on tuesday. 46 people staying at the peace-keeping compound were killed after armed civilians opened fire. toby is the u.n.'s deputy head in south sudan. >> i want to emphasize that we are ready for any eventality. the group of 350 men, women and even children decided to walk towards our peacekeeping base. we were led to believe they were going to hand over a petition regarding the work of the united natio nations. upon arriving at our base, part of the group broke off and went towards the area of the base which is where we are protecting civilians and they opened fire. now, we immediately returned
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fire, and we have used lethal force to repel the attack. now, when i say that, yes, it looks as though perhaps as many as 46 internally displained civilians inside the base lost the their lives. >> the u.n. secretary-general called it a war crime. in ukraine diplomats reached a compromise yesterday that calls for disarming all illegal groups, but now the ukrainian prime minister is promising constitutional amendments as well to empower the east. russian says kiev doesn't get it and they are misinterpreting the agreement, and on the ground armed protesters around budging. jacky rowland has more. >> reporter: pro russian none straighters are deeply skeptical about the agreement reached in geneva. some feel they've been sold out by russia.
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since they were not part of the talks, they are not bound to comply with the agreement. they say that they're going to stay in these public buildings that they're occupying until their demands are met. they want to referendum on greater awe ton my for the east of ukraine. part of the agreement was there should be an amnesty for people occupying buildings, and the government in kiev has started drawing up such an amnesty whereby people can leave buildings and lay down their weapons and not face prosecution. the people here are saying they're not going to leave these buildings until they see similar actions in the capital of kiev. they want to see the pro-europe demonstrators vacate central independence square. those people are committed to remain in the square until presidential elections at the end of may. so there seems to be a stalemate at the moment in terms of actually implementing this agreement reached in geneva. >> jacky rowlands on the ground. a powerful earthquake
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striking south and central mexico today. the 7.2 magnitude quake hit mexico's southwestern region of guerrero state around 11:00 eastern time near the resort town of acapulco. they were downgraded it from what was first reported. the quake was so strong people felt it all the way in mexico city, a four-hour drive to the north the among them is rachel lavin. she joins us by phone now. what sort of damage has the quake caused? >> reporter: the damage we hear so far is very minimal not only here in the capital but also down in guerrero where the epicenter was. we heard that there are some reports of damage to buildings and structural damage, but so far no deaths reported or injuries. the same here in the capital where that quake was very strongly felt for about 90 seconds causing a lot of panic. people ran out into the streets, but thankfully, again, no reports of any injuries or
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deaths here either. >> rachel, you're a california girl. this one sent you out into the street. >> reporter: it did. it started -- my house started to shake, and it kept shakes and it was about 90 seconds and it was the first time in about five years that i felt the need to really leave my house and go out into the street. i obviously wasn't alone. i saw people in their pajamas. there was a sense of panic just a reminder to viewers, mexico city has had a very bad history with earthquakes, one that was in the '80s that nearly destroyed very large sections of the city. so it's something that people are very sensitive about. luckily, again, this time we were not hearing any reports of major damages, deaths or destruction. >> have you received any information as to whether or not they expect the aftershocks to be larger or smaller? >> reporter: we actually haven't felt any up here in the capital.
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there's been already a warning put out that a tsunami would not happen. airports are up and running. the -- if the aftershocks were to come -- it's been three hours since the initial quake hit. for right now everyone is breathing a sigh of relief. >> rachel levin in mexico city. police are about to hold a news conference in kansas city. they have arrested a suspect in connection with a series of shooting on local highways. the still unidentified man was arrested in his home in grandzview, missouri last night. investigators believe he's responsible for at least a dozen shootings there since march. those shootings left three drivers wounded. we're live in kansas city, missouri with more on what we expect police to say. usher. >> reporter: good afternoon, del. kansas city police have been very careful about how much detail they revealed over the
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course of the investigations, but we understand they receive over 1 100 tips and eyewitness accounts coupled with physical evidence caused a break in the case. a month-long hunt for the person responsible for shootings on highways in kansas city may have ended at this house. >> we have apprehended what we believe to the suspect in the highway shootings. >> reporter: thursday they raided this home in grandview, missouri hauling away a car and taking away evidence. it's located in a suburb just south where six of the reported shootings happened. >> there were two shots fired into his vehicle. >> reporter: since early march there have been more than 20 shootings and so far investigators believe 12 are linked. the man seen here in police custody has not officially been charged, but they hope it marks an end to shootings that drivers like chris out of fear for his safety asked us to share only his first name. last month someone opened fire on chris's car as he veered off an exit ramp on his way home.
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>> i was still going 70 miles per hour when the wind toe shattered in my face. >> another bullet pierced the driver's side door and embedded in his right leg. >> that's where it still is. >> reporter: while no one has been killed, a trail of bullet holes has struck cars and three people like chris. ten minutes after he was shot just miles away, tom mcfarland was also targeted. >> i think there was a vehicle over my right back shoulder. that's exactly where the bullet came from. >> reporter: kansas city police working with the fbi and atf say they may have run the shooter off the roads for good but are being cautious. >> the investigation is ongoing and we're still looking at evidence and will continue to talk about it. i can't say this is the only suspect. >> reporter: and del, we're here at the emergency operations center in kansas city where we're momenting away from a news conference. we expect the chief of police as well as the jackson county prosecutor to appear. at that time we expect to learn more about the suspect's identity and whether or not charges are filed and if they are what those charges are. we'll bring those details in
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later broadcasts. >> usher, now that police have their man, is there any reaction from those drivers who were shot at? >> reporter: there has. we actually spoke to one of the men that was shot at earlier. we profiled him in our piece. he says he's relieved that their safety has been addressed on the highways and he feels safer driving on the streets of kansas city as well. >> live in kansas city, missouri. thank you very much. we get new insight into bill clinton's presidency as well as hillary. clinton's library and the national archives releasing more than 7,000 documents from the clinton years. it covers the oklahoma city bombing to the genocide in ra ward da for the first lady's tenure in the white house. more than 10,000 pages have been released since february. coming up, celebrating christianity's holiest days with processions around the world. >> i'm not afraid of death.
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i'm afraid of being a slave and living under tear tyranny. a fierce stance over land.
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>> we have to get out of here... >> truth seeking... >> breakthrough investigative documentary series space inc. only on al jazeera america today is good friday, the most solemn day on the christian calendar. in mexico and around the world the faithful commemorate the crucifixion of jesus with a reenactment known as the station of the cross. in the philippines they allow themself to be nailed to wooden crosses. nick is in jerusalem with more on good friday. >> reporter: fl this holy land on the holiest of streets they came to find the path of jesus. christians believe that nearly 2,000 years ago jesus walked this very road before he was killed so they walk this road. they believe he was forced to carry the cross he was crucified
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on so they carry the cross. good friday is a solemn remem r remembran remembrance. christians believe jesus was kill odd this friday before easter. they came from all over the world from every christian sect. >> jesus was crucified for all of us. from all man kind to show him that we never forget what he did for us. >> we are with him. that he's still alive with us. we believe in him. >> reporter: 20-year-old albert dumar is from washington but also from here. his grandmother is palestinian, so he's not only following jesus' footsteps. >> when she was a little girl, she walked this every easter. it's amazing to be able to do what she did when she was little. >> reporter: meet jesse, sarah and terrence are studying arabic in neighboring jordan.
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the security was tight. they tried to reach the spot where jesus was killed. each time they were turned away. after trying for two hours, they gave up. >> so many people were trying to get to the church this weekend especially and today with the procession. it's a little frustrating. >> albert missed the head of his faith. the greek orthodox patriarch led a pro procession into his church. the crowd pushed and jostled into the site where they believe jesus was crucified and resurrected. only 6,000 people were allowed into the church today all hoping to see this. this is one of the most holy sites of all of christianity, where jesus was believed to be buried. since the 4th century it's the most important destination. many have waited all their lives to come here. in this church he feels he
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understands jesus' true message. >> the message he's sending me this week is that you don't have to be here to come and find me. you can find me in your own heart and in your own homes and in your own bedrooms as you get on your knees and pray from the bottom of your heart. >> on this holy day in this holy place, a reminder that jesus' path isn't only alodge the roads that he walked. al jazeera, jerusalem. there is a tense standoff taking place in southern nevada. it involves federal agents and a heavily armed militia. as melissa tann reports it's a battle between the government and cattle rancher who says he's not backing down. >> reporter: his call sign, the joker. that's as much as he divulged. >> red lake 3, what's your eta to the camp. >> reporter: one of the miss tear yaws militia men that came to defend bundy ranch in case federal agents return. up the street other men have set
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up a checkpoint. with his ak-47 and 9 millimeter smith & wesson the joker patrols the nevada desert. >> bundy decided to take a stand, and we're just backing him up. we're not afraid of death. i'm afraid of being a slooif. i'm afraid of living untie ranee. >> reporter: the government says bundy has trespassed on federal land bill refusing to pay grazing fees the past 20 years. earlier in month, the bureau of land management finally started a livestock roundup. that triggered bundy's last stand. >> we the people have the sovereign right to defend ourselves, and the militia is helping us. >> reporter: supporters of bundy have come from across the country. they come from neighboring states and also as far as from new hampshire and tennessee. in a standoff a few days ago that almost turned violent, the militia managed to force nerl
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officials to retreat and release bundy's cattle. some call them heroes defending individual rights. others consider them vigilantes, domestic terrorists and worry about the precedent set. with the law optional, so long as you have enough people with guns backing up. >> what has people upset is that it got to that point where that due process served through the court systems cannot be carried out in the face of militia. >> reporter: it alarms residents from the neighboring town of mesquite. >> he's a free-loading rancher. some call him a welfare cowboy. i tend to agree with that. >> reporter: what's unclear is what the federal government will do next, go after bundy's cattle or go after bundy himself. the bureau of land management has said, quote, this is a matter of fairness and equity, and we remain disappointed that bundy continues to not comply with the same laws that 16,000 public land renters do every
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year. the bundy family has lived here since the 19th century and say this is their land regardless of what federal laws and courts say. >> my family came in here with a covered wagon and pulled it with a team of horses. they've always been in the cow business and the farm -- the agriculture, the irrigated land. that's part of the ranch. >> reporter: as for cliven bundy's supporters, they set up camp and say they'll stay here months or years, however it takes for the government to back off. al jazeera, bunker hill, southern nevada. another hot topic in that part of the country is immigration. this weekend al jazeera takes you beyond the debate. "border land" continues. six strangers follow the footsteps of immigrants that want to make a new life in america. >> claudette's brother sammy
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have invited them to the family home for dinner. [ speaking in spanish ] >> claudette's mother is still struggling with the loss of her only daughter. >> their family is really warm. i had a lot of fun with the kids and did something with the ladies and the men. i learned a little about the life here and what they do. i really felt really, really comfortable. i just felt like crying.
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>> it's like they're being a vegan right now. not so pretty. i'll never complain about a supermarket line ever again. >> claudette's family is mazing. they're filled with love. she would do anything. her mom talked about her love for her family and her brother, you know, sammy. but they're hurting. >> it was nice to see a different side of it, a side of compassion, a side of understanding, you know. sometimes, you know, we get all these ideas about immigrants that they're criminals and dirty and nasty and don't speak the language and don't want to assimila assimilate. this all creates nothing but hatred. perhaps we'll never agree politically, but that's okay.
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just remember we're talking about people. >> the second episode of "border land" airs this sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. bp ending its active cleanup of the coast of louisiana four years after the deepwater horizon disaster that killed 11. that disaster remains one of the worth eco-logical disaster in u.s. history. it's estimated 200 million gallons of oil seeped into the gulf. 200,000 claims were filed by workers who say they got sick. bp already paying out $11 billion in damages to individuals and businesses. a federal judge rejected an order forcing general motors to stop people from driving the recalled cars. attorneys for g m's owners tried to get the company to issue park it now notices. they say people still driving those cars are at risk of the defective ignition switch problems. gm denied those claims saying the cars are safe as long as nothing extra is attached to the keys in the ignition. the judge has deferred that case
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to the national highway traffic safety administration. another retailers facing a fallout. michael's was the subtle of a security breach. 2.6 million credit and debit cards may have been compromised over the eight-month period last year. another 400,000 cards at aaron brothers may have been affected. still ahead, an update of the day's top stories and an amazing first we may not be alone evidence that earth-like planets do exist beyond our own solar systems.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm del walters in new york. the captain of the capsized south korean ferry could face criminal charges. they're seeking arrest warrants for the captain and two crew members. the official death toll is now 28, 26 viii -- 268 are still missing. some say they won't stand
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down into the government in kiev steps down. a suspect in the kansas city highway shootings is now in police custody. the still unidentified man was arrested land night in grandview, missouri. investigators believe he's responsible for at least a dozen shooting since march. charges are still pending. a powerful earthquake shaking south and central mexico today. the 7.2 quake hit mexico's southwestern region of guerrero state. that's near the resort town of acapulco. no reports of deaths or injuries. finally the story that will have you wondering if we are indeed alone. nasa astronomers found a planet far, far away they say is similar to ours. the planet is roughly the same size as earth but nearly 500 lightyears away and orbits around a star every 130 days which makes for a very short year. scientists believe this planet has the right conditions for water, which means it could support life. thank you for watching
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